Margaret River the mecca of monster waves - by Paul “Antman“ Paterson

15 May 2007 0 Share

Antman no doubt high on adrenalin at Cow Bombie

Antman no doubt high on adrenalin at Cow Bombie

Like Bathurst is to the V8 Super cars and the MCG is to Aussie Rules Footy, Margaret River is the home of big wave riding in Australia. The South West region maybe more renown for its fine wine in recent years, but when the swell buoys hit 4m plus, the focus swings back to what made this small country town grow so big-the waves.

South sides looking very very nice

South sides looking very very nice

Riding big waves successfully doesn’t happen overnight, so with the exception of a couple of fearless young kids, the regulars in the line-up on the big days have all been surfing together for many years. On a personnel level, the adrenalin rush of nailing a bomb at Margys is more than satisfying; it is also what creates a special camaraderie amongst the group. The laughs, the cheers and the fact that everyone looks out for one another, are very special factors when surfing big waves.

Massive Cow Bombie

Massive Cow Bombie

So what starts as a simple idea to ride a big wave turns into a deep passion, a social agenda, a way of over coming fears and above all-a release from all the worries in the world. Vivid images from standout sessions remain imbedded in your mind for life, whether it’s a highlight or a horror moment. Just to paddle out on a big day and wait one, or even two hours for that special wave, can make you the happiest human in the world (Happiness that cannot be matched by anything, other than the birth of your children or your wedding day!!) It is this personal pleasure along with the camaraderie that will keep big wave surfers coming back to Margys for more for generations to follow.

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